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Some of the most coveted and valuable treasures from history's greatest games and players are missing or misidentified. It's up to the Sports Detectives to find the items and get to the truth. Follow private investigator Kevin Barrows and sports reporter Lauren Gardner as they travel the country on the hunt for Ali's missing Olympic gold medal, Jim Craig's Miracle on Ice flag, Dale Earnhardt's first racecar, and other legendary items.

Station: Smithsonian Channel (US)
Rating: 0/10 from 0 users
Status: Running
Start: 2016-04-24

Sports Detectives Air Dates

S01E03 - Dale's Car, Secretariat's Saddle Air Date: 09 May 2016 01:00 -

Whether on four legs or four wheels, they were the fastest in their sports. Secretariat made history as a Triple Crown winner in 1973, and Dale Earnhardt brought NASCAR to the masses, thanks to his fierce skill and passionate attitude. But a mystery looms over both icons, one that the Sports Detectives are determined to solve. Follow Lauren Gardner to Louisville as she searches for Secretariat's missing saddlecloth from his Kentucky Derby win. Then join Kevin Barrows' hunt for Earnhardt's unusual first racecar: a bright pink Ford.

S01E04 - Gehrig's Bat, Gibson's Ball Air Date: 16 May 2016 01:00 -

Sports Detectives Lauren Gardner and Kevin Barrows tackle both coasts in search of two pieces of baseball history: the home run ball hit by Kirk Gibson in the 1988 World Series, and a rare bat that may once have been used by Yankee legend Lou Gehrig. Follow Lauren in L.A. as she tracks a remarkable story involving an uncle and his niece who didn't follow baseball but ended up with a million dollar ball. Then join Kevin as he puts a bat to the test to see if it indeed saw game action in the hands of the Pride of the Yankees.

S01E05 - 100-Point Game Ball, War Admiral Trophy Air Date: 30 May 2016 01:00 -

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Wilt Chamberlain is perhaps the most dominant player in the history of the NBA. One night, he scored a remarkable 100 points, a feat that hasn't been matched in half a century. But whatever happened to the ball that scored that 100th point? Follow sports host Lauren Gardner as she tries to find out. Then follow investigator Kevin Barrows on his journey to the Kentucky Derby Museum where he examines a trophy that could've been falsely identified.

S01E06 - Ali's Missing Gold Medal Air Date: 06 June 2016 01:00 -

A young Muhammad Ali returned from the Olympic Games a champion in 1960, only to be victimized by bigotry in his segregated home city of Louisville. Disillusioned, he threw his gold medal off the Second Street Bridge and into the Ohio River. This dramatic story appears in Ali's autobiography, but can we prove any of it is actually true? Join hosts Kevin Barrows and Lauren Gardner as they head to Kentucky to get some answers, search for the missing medal, and discover the story of this complex and compelling sports legend.

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